Excitement was in the air right before the winner of the third international comic competition “Animate Europe” was announced at the Belgian Comic Strip Museum. Magdalena Kaszuba received the first prize for her comic “The Old Lady Gives No Anwser”. Kaszuba, a student from Hamburg/ Germany, was surprised and overwhelmed to be chosen as the winner of the competition.
Jordana Globerman form Canada became second with her story “My Uncle’s Dream” and Štěpanká Jislová was awarded the third price for her guidebook-style story “How to Save the World”.
The jury didn’t have an easy decision to make between the works of our seven finalists. In the end, Magdalena Kaszuba’s comic story convinced them with its personal approach and distinct artistic style: she does not explicitly tell, but rather graphically shows potential means of how to re-animate Europe.
During the ceremony, Dr. Wolf-Dieter Zumpfort, board member of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, described the various challenges Europe is currently facing and why it is necessary to actively engage, also as citizens, in re-animating Europe: “Just as our artists did!”
Gesine Meißner, member of the European Parliament for the ALDE group, added an optimistic view into a future with a strong Europe; despite past and current challenges.
After the official ceremony, artists, speakers and guests took the chance to discover the original artwork, which was exhibited at the museum and discuss and exchange about the future of Europe.
If you’d like to get your hands on our new “Re-Animate Europe” publication, please get in touch with Ute Entrup (email@example.com)
You can also check out the online publication here.
An exhibition with our new comics will be travelling around Europe in the coming months.
The finalists and their stories:
Magdalena Kaszuba (Poland & Germany): The Old Lady Gives No Answer
About one person’s search for answers for Europe’s struggles.
Jordana Globerman (Canada, living in the UK): My Uncle’s Dream
About one immigrant’s personal journey to Europe, based on her uncle’s nostalgic dream.
Štěpánka Jislová (Czech Republic): How to Save the World
A step by step guide of how to save Europe and the world at large.
Noëlle Kröger (Germany): There’s a Way
A graphic story without words, focusing on the importance of community and building bridges.
Stefan Haller/ Schlorian (Switzerland): Back to the Grass Roots
A story about the value of community, green spaces and equality.
Davide Pascutti (Italy): The CreatEUre
A witty story about high school students’ perspectives of what is missing in Europe.
Paul Rietzl (Germany): A Dream of Europe
A war story set in the future, playing with a nightmare vision of what could happen in Europe if nationalism increases.